[DWJ] News from the archive - Everard's Ride

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Wed Jul 13 11:55:57 EDT 2011

But can't we ever, ever, see the drafts of the stories?


From: Sally Odgers <sally at sallyodgers.com>
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>; Amy Harlib 
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Sent: Wed, July 13, 2011 6:42:57 PM
Subject: Re: [DWJ] News from the archive - Everard's Ride

Too true, Amy. We must drool to no avail. 

Sally Odgers

On Wed, 13 Jul 2011 11:29:58 -0400, Amy Harlib wrote:

> aharlib at earthlink.net
> Thanks for this fascinating information. How I wish those sequels to Everard's 
>Ride had been written. Amy
> -----Original Message----- From: Hannah Green
> Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:24 AM
> To: 'dwj at suberic.net'
> Subject: [DWJ] News from the archive - Everard's Ride
> Apologies for the long silence - been rather a lot else going on up here, and 
>I've been diverted from cataloguing for a bit! But I have just started in on 
>some of the unpublished material in the archive today, and have just been having 
>a fascinating journey of exploration into the Principality over the Water from 
>'Everard's Ride'. 
> Although it was first published in 1995, the story 'Everard's Ride' was 
>actually written quite early on, some time in the late 1960s or early 1970s, it 
>just took a long time to get it published. The title page of the typescript 
>gives her name as Diana Burrow, her married name but obviously not the name she 
>published under, suggesting it was written before she had established her 
>published name as Diana Wynne Jones. What I have discovered, as I've been 
>working through the unpublished manuscripts, is that when Diana wrote 'Everard's 
>Ride' she clearly envisaged it as part of a series. The unpublished material 
>includes files of manuscript and typescript drafts for three other works, all 
>roughly the length of a short novel, which are all set in the same world as 
>'Everard's Ride'. 
> These stories - entitled 'Prince Edward's Island', 'Hornets of Gairne' and 'The 
>Burning of Tremath' - all focus on the adventures of Julia Hornby, 
>great-granddaughter of Alex Hornby from 'Everard's Ride', and her friends Steven 
>and Jane Unwin as they visit the Island over the Water on successive summer 
>holidays. If you read 'Everard's Ride' carefully, you can actually pick up 
>several hints which show that Diana had a much larger canvas in mind than a 
>single story when she wrote it - for example, when Everard's party are 
>recovering at his hunting lodge after the showdown with Towerwood, there is a 
>reference to an army camping on the same spot in much less happy circumstance 
>100 years later, which seemed slightly odd when I first read it. But when you 
>realize 'Everard's Ride' was intended as a sort of prequel, set in the past of a 
>world which would already be familiar to the reader, it makes a lot more sense!
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